Posts Tagged ‘UCD’

Embed BASIS

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Embed the tools in your blog and always have a reference on hand…

Usability is dead….the write up

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

A title as loaded as Usability is Dead needs some sort of explanation that a presentation can’t really convey.

SmallK KForum – a Danish site serving all those involved in communication, gave me an opportunity and asked for a write up. You can read it here (in English).

Hopefully the article goes some way in describing how as a UX community we need to start collaborating more and moving away from formulaic thinking.

Creativity is back in a big way, fuelled by context and relevance…

Usability is dead…

Friday, June 19th, 2009

 

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On Wednesday (17 June), I attended the SIGCHI Interaction Design Day at Copenhagen’s ITU. It’s an impressive building and apt to host an event about technology and our interaction with it.

    

I also did a talk about Usability and user centred design and how user experience is always key in what we make.

    

You can see the presentation on SlideShare here and I will be writing an article about it published next week. I have placed the notes here

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Defining UX

Friday, November 14th, 2008

 

alphabet-of-design-classics  

I was asked what UX people did recently. I came up with the usual descriptions that you can read anywhere – we do interaction design, information architecture and usability. But that means little to most people and that’s a problem that has an impact in business.

Maybe we can look at this again in simplest terms. What are our aims? We strive to make digital products better to use, more enjoyable to experience and, at best, memorable.

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EPIC 2008 (IN)VISIBILITY

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

 

epic   A big surprise when attending the EPIC 2008 conference was the lack of talk around the next stages beyond ethnographic research. The academic stance was accompanied by representatives of large corporations, though it felt mainly a concentration on the methods and findings of ethnographic praxis. (more…)

Creating user centred taxonomies on FUMSI

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

 

fumsi_logo   Published here, the first in a two-part article I have written about the mechanics of creating user centred taxonomies.

Being that UX team of one

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

 

leah_buley   Leah Buley – How to be a UX team of one
If there was an award for the most enthusiastic and passionate speaker I think Leah Buley would take it.Her presentation, How to be a UX team of one was a real hit, at the recent IA Summit in Miami. Anything with cartoons immediately gets my vote.

It was engaging and inspirational with the hand drawn elements serving to convey the speaker’s personality and it was a refreshing change to the usual slides. (more…)

Raising hackles at the IA Summit 2008

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

jared   Jared Spool: Journey to the centre of Design
Jared Spool’s opening keynote was perhaps deliberately inflammatory. If you go into a room of IAs and say UCD is dead you probably run the risk of losing half the audience within the first two minutes.

However, provocations aside, Spool raised some important issues that we need to figure out if we are working in a commercial environment where IA and usability are often questioned as being expensive luxuries.

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User stories or Personas?

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Some have a dislike of personas, as they are too much of a cute fit, a caricature, nothing more than stereotypes of your user base. I agree with this in some respects, personas that are not grounded in qualitative, ethnographic research are misleading and potentially damaging to a project. (more…)